Well it’s the last day of J term and I have to say that this experience has definitley been beneficial for me. Especially in this last week of the class I have really been enlightened with the help of the guest speakers we had.
Derek Mabie came to talk with us about search engines and SEO. This was a subject matter that I was not familiar with and I learned alot from Derek. The main thing I took away from Derek’s discussion is that in today’s world where people look online for almost ecverything including who to do business with, people usually don’t go past the first page on google search. So becoming concerned with SEO and implementing the different tactics to get on that first page of the search results is crucial to be successful. Derek also showed us a tool that can help us see what keywords people are searching for the most for any type of business. This would definitley be helpful when determining what to name blog posts or whatever material we are putting out online. I am always impressed by people who can be disciplined and inspired enough to start their own business let alone be successful in it and that is what Derek is doing.
Another point that he made was one that I think most guest speakers have made and that is doing something that you love. Nobody wants to be miserable where they are working so it is up to us to make our passion a reality.
We had 3 guest speakers on wednesday and I valued everything they had to say. First we talked with the 2 women from City In a Jar and it was really cool to see these two collaborate on 1 blog and use their varying interests to make their blog that much more interesting. I was also impressed with the fact that they aren’t making any money off of this, yet. It obviously has taken these 2 women alot of time, energy and hard work to create what they have before them today and they appeared to be very happy with what they were doing and their potential to grow, also impressive. I think Maddie and Jessica have a bright future.
Next we listened to Michael Zandstra about how to make your blog on wordpress.com actually your own blog on wordpress.org. I’m probably not going to continue blogging after this class unless I have to for another class but all of the information Michael gave us was very informative and presented in a way that made it understandable to me, a novice blogger.
This J term class as a whole has been very beneficial and the main thing that I have taken away is that all of the social media is useful and if used in that right way can be a great tool for networking. Networking is key for being successful in today’s business world, especially communication. I enjoyed this class thoroughly and will use what I have learned to further myself in the corporate world.